The Countdown Begins

Good morning everyone!  Happy Monday!  Here’s wishing you a great beginning to a new week.  And it’s a very exciting week at Garden Supply.  Our annual Spring Garden Party begins in just 6 days, on Saturday  March 13th at 10 a.m.  Be sure and mark your calendars because you guys are not going to want to miss this!  We can’t wait to see you there.

And in the mean time, we have tons going on down at the garden center.  New plants are arriving daily and the Greenhouse is full to bursting with beautiful spring and Easter decor.  Take a look at this glorious shipment of Variegated Winter Daphne that has just come in.

This lovely plant is noted for its fragrance, which carries long distances and can often be smelled before you even see the plant in early spring.  The flower buds are purple and as they open will reveal an almost white center which is very beautiful.

It is an evergreen, so will keep its leaves year-round.  The leaves are decorative, as well, in dark green with white edges.  It is very dense and has a rounded form that will grow from 2 to 4 feet tall and about 2 to 4 feet wide.  This particular shrub is said to be one of the best of its kind.  With its smaller size it would work well around patios or in a small yard.  It is hardy to zones 6 to 9.  If you like fragrance, this would fit the bill!

If you’re looking for a burst of color and greenery, we’ve got you covered.  The Greenhouse is filled with a wide array of flowers and plants that are sure to please.  We’ve got pansies, orchids, begonias, tulips, hyacinths, hydrangeas, cyclamens, ranunculus, and primroses in full bloom.  It is absolutely magical in here.

While you’re in the Greenhouse, be sure to check out our collectible Penny McAllister figurines.  They are guaranteed to bring a spring smile to these last lingering days of winter.

Penny McAllister’s whimsical and sweet collections bring new charm to folk art.  The sewing bug bit Penny at the tender age of 5.  Nearly 50 years later, the former elementary school librarian has woven her passion for folk art into a dream occupation, making paper mache creations full of wit and whimsy.

“The chip on my nose, the worn paint on my clothes…they’re all supposed to be there! I was designed this way, lovingly aged” by Penny McAllister


As always, there is more to see and do at Garden Supply.  Stop by and pay us a visit!  We’d love to see you!  And be sure to check back here soon for more snippets from the garden.

Annual Spring Garden Party

Hello everyone!  Hope your weekends are off to a great start!  And what a beautiful weekend it is!  It’s beginning to feel like Spring is arriving!

And speaking of Spring, mark your calendars for next Saturday, March 13th as the kick-off day for Garden Supply’s annual Spring Garden Party.  We are so excited to offer you a full week of events and activities this year. Festivities will begin Saturday morning at 10 am, with lots of fun for the entire family, including live music, free food, kids events, and more.

There’s nothing like the wonderful food at a festival, right?  We think so, too!  Check out our great line-up for Saturday.  Mamma Mia’s will be here from 11-3 baking pizzas in our very own outdoor brick oven.  We’ll also have hots dogs and drinks, and Great Harvest Breads will be on-hand with yummy samples from their bakery.  Stop by and say hello to the folks at Shady Arbour Coffee and the Wine Merchant who will also be here will samplings from their shops.

Activities and fun for the kiddos include a planting station, face painting, games, bee-keeping activities and honey stick samplings. We also will have an art mural community project for the kids to add their special touches to, and we have a local high school senior coming to wow us with his duct tape creations.

We are also thrilled to be able to bring you some of our top, local gardening experts who will be on hand with demonstrations and all the answers to your gardening questions.

Multiflora Greenhouses will be on hand from 11-3 offering suggestions on bedding and container plants (annuals and perennials), decorative planters, floral and foliage plants, hanging baskets, and vegetables.  The folks from Wyatt Quarles will be available from 10-2 to answer your product questions on organic/chemical  gardening solutions.  And I Must Garden will be here from 10-2 with advice on organic animal repellents.

And that’s not all!  We’ll also have local artists here to share their talents with demonstrations, sales, and expertise.  The Cary Gallery of Artists will be doing painting demonstrations.  Nanci Tanton will be on hand with her photography and Linda Simpson will be sharing her jewelry designs.

And that’s just Saturday!  We have lots more fun coming throughout the week.  Check back here for more schedules of events.  We can’t wait to see you soon!

Root Vegetables and Bare Roots

Hello everyone!  This is such an exciting time of year at Garden Supply.  Although Winter hasn’t quite relinquished its hold on us yet, Spring is arriving on a daily basis at the garden center.  Every time I pop by, I am wowed by the new plants and decor items that have appeared since my last visit. I am SO in the mood to plant!

Just in to the Greenhouse is a new shipment of bare root fruits and root vegetables.

In bare-root, we’ve got black raspberries, red raspberries, blueberries, and 3 types of grapes- Concord variety, Caco variety, and Niagara variety.  Also in are both Ever-Bearing and June Bearing strawberries plants. With 10 plants per bag, you are going to love the value of these strawberry packages.

We’ve also received a huge variety of root vegetables that is sure to please even the most discerning of gardeners.

There are  rhubarb roots, horseradish roots, shallots, red onions, yellow onions, white onions, sweet onions, garlic, and elephant garlic. Many are available in either convenient packages or bulk so you can mix and match.  Phew………….

And there’s more!  How about some potatoes?  We have packaged seed potatoes in Red Norland, Kennebec, Russets, and Red Pontiac varieties.  Asparagus in Purple Passion and M. Washington varieties as well as our handy-dandy bundles with a whopping 12 plants per bundle.

And don’t forget our other cold-loving vegetable plants already in, like carrots, Chinese cabbage, spinach, and mix-leaf lettuces.  They are moving out fast, but we still have some left.

Although all today’s plants and vegetables thrive planted directly in the ground, many also do very well in the container garden for those with little or no yards.  Even potatoes!  We have the perfect above-ground potato planter for the home gardener, that was featured in this month’s Cary Living Magazine.

With the Bosmere Potato Planter Bag, there’s no need for a garden.  No digging required.  You can plant between 3 to 5 seed potatoes per bag.  There’s a flap at the bottom that allows you to check your potatoes.  When the vegetables are ready, simply empty out the bag and enjoy the real taste of home-grown potatoes.  Garden Supply owner, Keith Ramsey, recommends planting potatoes, parsley, and chives all in one bag for an instant potato-bar garden.  That’s just brilliant, in my book!

We have lots more new items arriving every day!  Stop by and pay us a visit.  Our gardening experts are on hand to answer all your questions.  And I’ll see you back here tomorrow for more snippets from the garden.